It looks like Tom Austin didn't watch the Amy Cooper video or pay attention to any of the backlash. He questioned a group of Black men working out in a building where they rent space, asking if they belonged there and wanting to see proof.
a group of young black entrepreneurs have owned a office building in uptown minneapolis for over a year& got racially profiled at the private gym today🤦🏾♀️smh pic.twitter.com/iKmAuW5Tli— nisa (@anisalrh) May 27, 2020
Just what the fuck, y'all. I know white people were explicitly given the legal ability to question any Black person in the 1705 slave codes. I know they were given incentives of money and tobacco to go out and round up Black people and accuse them of being runaway slaves. They had the right to harm or kill Black people without fear of retribution, unless they killed a slave that belonged to a white person. Then they might have to pay a fee.
But this is freaking 2020. Black people do not have to answer questions about whether we belong. We don't have to show random white people proof of anything. Racists need to get this through their heads. We aren't going anywhere. And we have cell phones and social media accounts, so we are publicizing the things the media doesn't want to cover. There is no hiding.
Tom Austin has a history of racist actions. When Minnesota was renaming Lake Calhoun, named after a South Carolina slave owner who never even visited Minnesota, Mr. Austin was offended. And he was even more angry that the suggested name was Bde Maka Ska, a Dakota Sioux phrase that means "White Earth Lake."
On a more positive note in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey today called for the arrest of the officer who killed George Floyd. He was emotional and raw as he made his statement and answered questions about this unprecedented action. He was an ally today.